Despite the fact that I see piles of snow drifts out my window right now, I know that it's coming. That time of year when we turn off our heat, spend more time outside, start lighting up the BBQ, and...start wearing less. By that I mean no more layer upon layer of clothing to protect you from the cold, harsh winter, but suddenly, as it does here in New Jersey, the weather jumps from blisteringly cold to strangely summer temperatures. And tank tops begin to appear. And shorts. And naked toes.
I remember a time when we had something called Spring. That was nice.
Admitting this often comes along with a shared motivation by so many to get back to the gym, slip into those dusty running shoes, get the tennis rackets out of the back of the closet, promise to drink more water than wine, and finally, really start that healthy eating plan you've been reading about all winter long.
To help you with this, I decided to share one of the many delicious and healthy breakfast smoothies I make each morning. This is the way I start every day. The intention being to at least feel that I've started my day eating right, then, whatever comes after that..well..at least I had a good start.
I hope you enjoy it.
*Some notes about the smoothie:
This breakfast smoothie is easily adaptable. It has lots of protein from the greek yogurt and cashew butter, however feel free to use kefir, or a nondairy milk (if you do not eat dairy) in place of the yogurt and change the nut butter to one you like more. If you are not a mango fan, swap out with fruits you like more. I like the add-ins (and health benefits) of coconut oil, flaxseed, and chia seed, but they are not necessary. I also often add a handful of a dark green leafy vegetable like kale and you will not even taste that it's there. (Even my kids can't detect it!) It's a basic formula: base= yogurt/milk + fruit and veg (kale, if you like) + nut butter + add-ins. Have fun and experiment!
Mango Yogurt Breakfast Smoothie
In a high-speed blender, add 1/2 cup whole milk plain greek yogurt, 1/2 cup coconut milk (in the carton), 1 T cashew butter, 1 T coconut oil, 1 t chia seeds, 1 t flaxseeds, 1/2 cup frozen sliced bananas, and 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks. Add water to desired consistency.